Die Dierum Principe

This hymn was used for Nocturns (Matins) on Sundays throughout the year in the Paris Breviary (1736).

Die dierum principe
Lux e tenebris eruta:
Christus sepulcri carcere,
Lux vera mundi, prodiit.

Et mors et horrendum chaos
Vocem iubentis audiunt:
Nos surdiores, o pudor!
Deo pigebit* obsequi?

Umbris sepulta dum stupet
Natura, lucis filii
Surgamus, et noctem piis
Exerceamus canticis.

Legem, Prophetas, et sacro
Psalmos calentes lumine,
Profana dum silent loca,
Divina templa personent.

Cælestis hæc vincat tuba
Cordis soporem languidi,
Novique mores exprimant
Vitam resurgentis novam.

Hoc consequemur, te duce,
Fons caritatis, o Deus,
Qui legis addis litteræ
Vitæ datorem Spiritum.

Sit laus Patri, laus Filio;
Par sit tibi laus, Spiritus,
Afflante quo mentes sacris
Lucent et ardent ignibus. Amen.

*Originally “pigeret” in Fr. Coffin’s Hymni Sacri of 1736.

Words: Fr. Charles Coffin, 1736.
Tune: Unknown
Meter: 88.88

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
The First of Days the Light Beheld

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